When you visit a hotel, especially a really nice one, you know that the focus of the room is on the bed. The bed has to both look good and feel good, since the reason that the hotel exists is to provide people with a comfortable and safe place to sleep.
What do you expect from a hotel bed? First, cleanliness. This bed isn’t yours, so you’re probably more likely to notice if something isn’t clean or fresh — especially the sheets. When you crawl under the covers at night, you want the fabric to feel crisp and soft.
You also want to be comfortable. Part of this stems from the bed’s cleanliness, but another part depends on the mattress. Most hotels invest in mattresses that have a middle-of-the-road comfort level in order to appeal to as many people as possible. No matter how you end up styling your bed, having a quality mattress that feels comfortable is key to enjoying your bed.
So how does one go about styling their own hotel-worthy bed?
Just as a good mattress is an investment in your quality of sleep, so are your sheets. Cheap microfiber sheets may feel good on your wallet, but they’re not going to hold up to regular use, nor will they feel as good on your skin.
When you’re looking at bed linens, look for 100% long-staple cotton with a thread count of 200 to 400. These are the kind of sheets that feel great when you first purchase them and continue to feel softer the more you use and wash them. You’ll have to spend more on them, but they will last a long time, and your bed will feel more luxurious and comfortable overall.
If you’ve noticed, most hotels use white sheets. This is entirely up to personal taste, but to achieve that hotel look, white sheets are the best choice here. They look clean and fresh, and they have a certain classic simplicity that other colors just can’t beat.
It’s been proven that blue is the best bedroom color for sleep, so when you’re picking bedding, you don’t want to choose bold, saturated colors because they aren’t as conducive to restorative sleep. Stay closer to neutrals and pastels, as they generally have a more soothing effect on the mind.
Don’t Overdo It on the Decorative Pillows . . .
Having a few decorative pillows to add depth and dimension to your bed is totally fine. If that’s what you love, then you should do it. But if they get in the way of making your bed, or if they’re so much of a hassle that you can’t enjoy them, then they aren’t worth it. You want to balance practicality and visual appeal, so decorate accordingly.
. . . But Invest in a Good Sleeping Pillow
Part of any good night’s sleep is a good sleeping pillow. The kind of pillow that you need depends on both sleeping position and personal comfort — but no matter how those two traits work together, you need a pillow that provides good neck and head support.